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A 24-year-old entrepreneur spent 4 days with Richard Branson — here’s what she learned from him

The best part: Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson joined them.<p>Earlier this year, Cramer and her business partner Davide Russo, with whom she cofounded Glow Away, a glow-in-the-dark duvet cover for children, received a $20,000 loan from Virgin Startup, a not-for-profit company founded by …

Entrepreneurship

The Secret To Big Data Analytics Success Comes Down To One Word

Those of you who follow me know I am always evangelizing on the “Sentient Enterprise” capability maturity model for analytics that I co-developed with the Kellogg School of Management’s Dr. Mohanbir Sawhney. I tell anyone who will listen how one word – agility – is key to getting an enterprise to …

The habits behind successful, creative, productive people

By Lillian Cunningham<p>, Reporter<p>Gretchen Rubin has a slight frame, a fast mouth and an energetic zeal when talking about her new book, for which she was once again part researcher and part guinea pig. <i>Better Than Before</i> in many respects picks up where her earlier body of advice, <i>The Happiness Project</i>, …

Self Control

1. Bill Gates

Bill Gates<p>Net Worth: $79.2 billion<p>Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet, a title he's held for 16 out of the last 21 years. He recaptured the top spot in March 2014 after a four-year run by Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu as No. 1. Early on, the stellar performance of Microsoft, which …

What Great Managers Do to Engage Employees

Less than one-third of Americans are engaged in their jobs in any given year. This finding has remained consistent since 2000, when Gallup first began measuring and reporting on U.S. workplace engagement.<p>Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are involved in and enthusiastic about their work …

The American empire is over: Afghanistan, China and our new bystander status

After a decade plus of war, the U.S. can only watch as China brokers Afghan peace. Here’s where we went so wrong<p>Dilip Hiro<p>April 2, 2015 6:30pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its …

10 Paths Which Often Lead To Early Business Failure

Every entrepreneur I know has their favorite excuse for a previous failure – an investor backed out, the economy took a downturn, or a supplier delivered bad quality. These things outside your control do happen, but based on my years of experience as a startup advisor and Angel investor, I still …

Entrepreneurship

IPO Market Cools As Tech Stars Keep Taking Private Cash

A choppy first quarter for the U.S. stock market resulted in the least active three-month stretch for initial public offerings in two years, even as breathless reports about blockbuster fundraisings in the private markets continue to make headlines.<p>With only 34 IPOs, raising $5.4 billion, the U.S. …

Seven Signs Your Boss Is A Weak Manager

Dear Liz,<p>I’m a big fan of yours and a student of human behavior, like you! I am interested in your opinion on the question ‘What makes a strong leader?’ At my job, I see managers who are very on top of things and have everything under control, and others who seem to be flying by the seat of their …

56% Of Enterprises Will Increase Their Investment In Big Data Over The Next Three Years

70% of IT decision-makers consider their organization’s ability to exploit value from big data as critical to their future success.<p>65% say they risk becoming irrelevant and/or uncompetitive if they do not embrace big data.<p>64% are seeing big data changing traditional business boundaries, enabling …

Why more startups turning to equity crowdfunding

When CareGuide founder John Philip Green set out to raise the first outside capital for his network of websites, his goal was $500,000 (U.S.).<p>He ended up raising more than $1.5-million after seeking equity through the popular U.S.-based crowdfunding portal, AngelList.<p>Mr. Green had already landed …

Drowning In Big Data - Finding Insight In A Digital Sea Of Information

For roughly a decade, businesses and governments have been collecting digital information about the world’s citizens; not just names and numbers, but loads of data, Big Data. The IDC (International Data Corporation) recently predicted that the Big Data industry will experience a 26.4% compound …

Big Data

There's A Hidden Dark Side To Being An Entrepreneur - It Wreaks Havoc On Your Mental Health

The life of an entrepreneur sounds glamorous when you’re on the outside looking in. Setting your own schedule, creating your own rules, and building the type of company you want to work for can be incredibly alluring.<p>In fact, successful entrepreneurs tend to be idolized by the masses as they appear …

How To Manage Your Data In The Cloud (But Not Lose Your Mind)

It’s critical to quickly put data to work. Cloud helps you do this.<p>Smart CIOs are evolving their existing in-house IT—to include “the cloud.” But beware of hidden pitfalls in moving to cloud computing.<p>So here are a few top, actionable tips. They’ll help you successfully transition to a modern …

Top US CEOs raked in billions from stock gains after the financial crisis

About 300 CEOs who served throughout the 2009-2013 period at S&P 500 companies together realized about $22 billion in compensation in the form of pay, bonuses and share and option grants, or an average of $73 million each, figures provided by executive compensation data firm Equilar show.<p>That …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

It Takes Marketing Leadership to Drive Sales Transformation

The sales profession is going through a transformation. Social, mobile, and digital media are helping buyers become better informed and raising their expectations. And the purchase process has become longer and more complex.<p>These forces are making selling more costly, collaborative, and …

Selling

A Rare Interview With Graphic Design Legend Massimo Vignelli

From 2006, the late designer shares the story behind his infamous New York subway map and why typographic elegance will prevail.<p><b>Gary Hustwit: Can you talk about the map you designed for the New York subway system in the ’70s?</b><br>Such a controversial thing. It’s funny, but I realized the other day the …

If You Act Like A Leader You Will Think Like A Leader

The move from individual contributor to first-time ‘leader of people’ is one of the most daunting career moves for many employees. It doesn’t matter what line of business you’re in either. When you’re asked to lead — when you’re given your first opportunity to become a leader of people — it can …

To Be Successful, Do Only What You Do Best

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If there were some way for you to download decades of my experience in the business world and sort through the individuals who have had great success bringing real products to market, you’d find something very interesting.<p>You’d find a lot …

Entrepreneurship

How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types

Great leaders think strategically.<p>They can understand and appreciate the current state as well as see possibilities. When dealing with today’s issues, they operate from a broad, long-term perspective rather than focusing only on short-term implications. And they can gather information and make …

China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Upsets U.S., Lures U.S. Allies, Including Korea

South Korea faces a litmus test that U.S. policy-makers believe will show whether the government in Seoul is “pro-Chinese” or “pro-American.” In the face of U.S. pressure to stay clear of what the Americans see as a bitter rival, South Korea is about to bite the bullet on joining China’s Asian …

5 80s Business Movies Every Entrepreneur Should See

In retrospect, the 80s may not have been a golden era in American business - we can laugh at some of these things now. At the same time, some of these entrepreneurship moves and personalities are eternal.<p>Entrepreneurs find inspiration in unusual places. One of those places, for me, is television. I …

5 Timeless Leadership Roles To Help Navigate Change

If there’s one thing that’s constant today (and everyday, for that matter), it’s change. Whether it’s people or organizations, change is the one thing both can rely on that will emerge when it’s least expected—or desired.<p>While the business landscape is in a perpetual state of flux—and always will …

What the Most Successful Entrepreneurs Do

The "secret?" Don't look at who they are or how they behave. Study how they think.<p>The editors at Business Week are a demanding lot. They got a copy of my new book, <b>Entrepreneurship for the Rest of Us</b>, and said, "boil it down for us."<p>Here goes.<p>We live in a world where no matter what we do for a …

Can We Give Up Procrastination In One Month?

This month we’ll identify our most important task, master getting started, and learn to refocus when procrastination tries to creep in.<p>Like many people, I’m skilled in the art of procrastination. The excuses I give myself range from, “There’s not enough time to finish” to “I really don’t want to …

How To Boost Employee Happiness Without Spending Any Money

Bonuses and perks might make people happier in the short term, but they don’t solve the underlying problem. Here’s what does.<p>You know the saying “Money can’t buy happiness.” You get it. But startup founders and CEOs still don’t seem to understand.<p>When CEOs find out that their employees are unhappy, …

If Famous Entrepreneurs Were Superheroes

If the heroes of the business world were superheroes in the comics, here's who I think they'd be.<p>Entrepreneurs are, of course, the real-life superheroes of the business world. However, if they were superheroes in comics and graphic novels, here's who I think they'd be:<p>1. Richard Branson = Green …

13 Things You Think Your Startup Needs But It Really Doesn’t

You can leave these nonessentials off your startup shopping list.<p>There’s no such thing as one right way to do a startup. You just have to do it–to work as hard and smart as you can to take your company from concept to reality.<p>It’s not easy, but it is possible. In order to make that startup a …

'Greece is in a corner' and the government is running out of cash

A statement from the European heads of government said "we are all committed to speed up the work and conclude it as fast as possible," which is a very polite way of hinting that Greece's immediate cash situation is looking dire.<p>Though Athens negotiated an extension to its bailout, it doesn't …

Europe